Minder Tunes & The Library Music of Minder

I Could Be So Good For You

What Are We Gonna Get 'Er Indoors?

Arthur Daley E's Alright

Minder Incidental Library Music


I Could Be So Good For You
Dennis Waterman & The Dennis Waterman Band - 1979

The series theme tune was written by Patricia Waterman and Gerard Kenny. In 1980, the single I Could Be So Good For You/Nothing At All (EMI5009) reached number 4 in the UK charts. In November 1980, Dennis appeared with his band on the British Music show Top Of The Pops to perform the song, where Dennis sings live. Despite Dennis Waterman's departure from Minder in 1989, the theme song remained for series 8 to 10 in an upbeat music only version.

Dennis Waterman on the cover the UK release of 'I Could Be So Good For You'
UK Single
YouTube - Tops Of The Pops
Sheet Music for 'I Could Be So Good For You'
UK Sheet Music
Australian picture sleeve for 'I Could Be So Good For You'
Australian Single
YouTube - Promotional Video

The recording of this track took place on 7th March 1979 at Audio International Studios. More information about the recording of this song is available on our forum: http://forum.minder.org.


I Could Be So Good For You
Attic Lights - 2009

When Minder returned in 2009 a new version of this song was recorded by Glaswegian band Attic Lights. Unlike the original series, the updated version jumps straight into the lyrics.

Attic Lights
BuyYouTube - Promotional Video

Shane Richie & Lex Shrapnel both appear in the music video.


What Are We Gonna Get 'Er Indoors?
Dennis Waterman & George Cole - 1983

In 1983, Dennis Waterman & George Cole collaborated on the Christmas single What Are We Gonna Get 'Er Indoors?/Quids And Quavers (EMIMIN 101). On both sides of the record, both appear in character as Terry McCann and Arthur Daley.

What Are We Gonna Get 'Er Indoors? UK release
Download A-Side MP3Download B-Side MP3

YouTube - Top Of The PopsThe Russell Harty Show

Promotional beer mat for 'What Are We Gonna Get 'Er Indoors?'

In the UK, the record reached number 21 and spent a total of 5 weeks on the chart. The song features a catchy chorus line including dialogue similar to that heard in Minder. To promote the record, the pair performed the song on the UK music show Top of the Pops and The Russell Harty Show in December 1983. A promotional beer mat for the single also appeared in pubs at the time.

Quids & Quavers

The B-Side 'Quids and Quavers' sees Terry singing and playing the guitar. He has written a song for his new girlfriend Marjorie, who Arthur is shocked to find out is a police woman. This track contains more dialogue between Arthur & Terry, as Arthur discusses the idea of Terry becoming a professional performer. Although both songs were written by George Cole and Dennis Waterman, George Cole has mentioned that he received more royalties from the release of the record as he was officially credited as author of the A-Side while Dennis Waterman was credited as author of this B-Side.


Arthur Daley E's Alright
The Firm - 1982

1982 saw the release of a single by THE FIRM entitled Arthur Daley 'E's Alright (HID 1). This song is based on the series and is made up of its most commonly used expressions. The picture of Arthur shown above appears on the picture sleeve of the single.

The Firm - Arthur Daley E's Alright
Download A-Side MP3

A truly classic record for all those who love the Minder dialect. The B-side of this record contains an amusing posh version of the song. This song was also performed on the UK music show Top of the Pops on 29th July 1982.


Minder Incidental Library Music
Various Artists

Throughout the series many different tunes can be heard playing. These are mainly library tunes specifically created for inclusion in film and TV. Here is a collection of some of the tunes that can be heard playing, more will be added as they are discovered.

Series 1 Music

Episode Title First heard Artist Track Link
#1.1 Gunfight at the OK Laundrette 05:10 Frank McDonald & Chris Rae Swamp Dog + dewolfe
#1.1 Gunfight at the OK Laundrette 20:00 Frank McDonald & Chris Rae Nightwatch + dewolfe
#1.1 Gunfight at the OK Laundrette 33:30 Paul Ferris Action Mood + dewolfe
#1.1 Gunfight at the OK Laundrette 43:40 Simon Haseley Hogan Baby + dewolfe
#1.2 Bury My Half At Waltham Green 18:43 John Dickenson & Elfed Hayes Dirty Last Night + dewolfe
#1.2 Bury My Half At Waltham Green 21:46 Frank McDonald & Chris Rae Don't Let Go + dewolfe
#1.3 The Smaller They Are 30:02 Bunny J. Browne Foxy + N/A
#1.4 A Tethered Goat 09:37 Simon Haseley & Eric Marving Overhaul (1) + dewolfe
#1.5 The Bounty Hunter 17:18 Frank McDonald & Chris Rae Bank Job + dewolfe
#1.5 The Bounty Hunter 34:02 Simon Park Tension Filler 3 Version 1 + N/A
#1.5 The Bounty Hunter 38:45 Frank McDonald & Chris Rae Easy Drive + dewolfe
#1.5 The Bounty Hunter 43:41 Frank McDonald & Chris Rae Night Moves + dewolfe
#1.9 Monday Night Fever 01:24 John Dickenson & Elfed Hayes Dirty Last Night + dewolfe
#1.11 You Gotta Have Friends 23:07 Roger Webb Smoke Rings + dewolfe
#1.11 You Gotta Have Friends 31:00 Paul Lewis Spinecharge + dewolfe
#1.11 You Gotta Have Friends 31:53 Paul Ferris Action Mood + dewolfe
#1.11 You Gotta Have Friends 34:52 Frank McDonald & Chris Rae Only 16's + dewolfe

Series 2 Music

Episode Title First heard Artist Track Link
#2.3 You Lose Some, You Win Some 01:20 Roger Webb With You Around + N/A
#2.3 You Lose Some, You Win Some 32:02 Mike Ratledge & Karl Jenkins Mannheim '79 + dewolfe
#2.3 You Lose Some, You Win Some 45:00 John Saunders Gun Man + N/A
#2.4 A Lot Of Bull And A Pat On The Back 12:19 Frank MacDonald & Chris Rae Don't Let Go + dewolfe
#2.4 A Lot Of Bull And A Pat On The Back 22:32 Paul Lewis Plot & Counterplot + dewolfe
#2.4 A Lot Of Bull And A Pat On The Back 33:00 Frank McDonald & Chris Rae Swamp Dog + dewolfe
#2.5 Don't Tell Them Willie Boy Was Here 10:24 Barry Stoller Atomic Butterfly + dewolfe
#2.6 Not A Bad Lad, Dad 05:40 Roger Webb Smoke Rings + dewolfe
#2.6 Not A Bad Lad, Dad 10:50 Wally Waller Can't Walk On Water + dewolfe
#2.6 Not A Bad Lad, Dad 47:26 Stanley Myers Echoes + dewolfe
#2.7 The Beer Hunter 36:05 Phil May/Richard Clifford Taylor/Alan Waller/John Povey Rave Up + dewolfe
#2.7 The Beer Hunter 41:10 Frank McDonald & Chris Rae Only 16's + dewolfe
#2.7 The Beer Hunter 41:34 Frank McDonald & Chris Rae Swamp Dog + dewolfe
#2.9 All Mod Cons 06:12 Howard Goodall Title Track (lyrics: 'Don't Leave Me To Cry') + N/A
#2.9 All Mod Cons 10:35 Frank McDonald & Chris Rae Hot Stuff + N/A
#2.9 All Mod Cons 17:50 John Saunders Heartbeat Horror + N/A
#2.9 All Mod Cons 46:03 Brian Bennett Knuckleduster + APM
#2.10 Diamonds Are a Girl's Worst Enemy 14:28 Frank McDonald & Chris Rae Easy Lay + N/A
#2.10 Diamonds Are a Girl's Worst Enemy 21:00 Frank McDonald & Chris Rae Hot Stuff + N/A
#2.11 The Old School Tie 03:06 John Saunders Spellbound + N/A

Series 3 Music

Episode Title First heard Artist Track Link
#3.1 Dead Men Do Tell Tales 03:45 Frank McDonald & Chris Rae Easy Lay + N/A
#3.1 Dead Men Do Tell Tales 08:48 Suzi Quatro Lipstick + YouTube
#3.1 Dead Men Do Tell Tales 47:55 Suzi Quatro Lonely Is The Hardest + N/A
#3.2 You Need Hands 34:55 Alan Tew Big One (Prelude) + YouTube
#3.2 You Need Hands 46:29 Dave Richmond Night Watch + YouTube
#3.3 Rembrandt Doesn't Live Here Anymore 01:27 Reg Tilsley Stripper Rosie + dewolfe
#3.3 Rembrandt Doesn't Live Here Anymore 07:44 Astral Sounds/Chris Evans-Ironside Backbreaker + YouTube
#3.3 Rembrandt Doesn't Live Here Anymore 10:22 Astral Sounds/Chris Evans-Ironside Stingray + YouTube
#3.4 Looking For Micky 06:07 Danny Edwardson / Seamus Sell Cutting The Funk + YouTube
#3.5 Dreamhouse 05:52 Wally Waller Living In The World (instrumental version) + YouTube
#3.7 The Birdman Of Wormwood Scrubs 01:27 Clive Hicks Drums In Transit + YouTube
#3.7 The Birdman Of Wormwood Scrubs 16:38 Keith Papworth Chicago Rag + dewolfe
#3.13 In 05:46 John Saunders Spellbound + N/A
#3.13 In 09:21 John Saunders Heartbeat Horror + N/A
#3.13 In 25:27 Electra Stuart & Alan Waller Take Me Home + dewolfe

Series 4 Music

Episode Title First heard Artist Track Link
#4.1 Rocky Eight And A Half 25:54 Tim Souster Thunderscape + dewolfe
#4.7 A Star Is Gorn 01:20 Electra Stuart & Alan Waller Take Me Home + dewolfe
#4.7 A Star Is Gorn 24:16 Frank McDonald & Chris Rae Slave Driver + dewolfe
#4.8 Willesden Suite 12:17 Frank McDonald & Chris Rae Riding My Bike + dewolfe

Series 5 Music

Episode Title First heard Artist Track Link
#5.6 The Long Ride Back To Scratchwood 22:48 Frank McDonald & Chris Rae Trip Up + dewolfe


Last updated : 5th July 2016 by jno

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